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Ring

Ring

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1788 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tassie, James, born 1735 - died 1799 (modellers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold set with a paste (glass) cameo

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Major W.F. St. Clair

  • Museum number:

    M.93-1969

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 12, shelf B, box 22

Rings set with portrait miniatures of the sovereign and other public figures were popular and widely distributed. The most expensive included finely painted miniatures, gemstones or carved cameos or intaglios but cheaper alternatives were made for a wider market.

James Tassie (1735-99) and the chemist Dr Quinn developed a glass paste that could successfully imitate antique cameos and was also used to create modern gems. This portrait has the fine detailing and appearance of a cameo but at the lower cost of a Tassie paste. This ring was a gift from Edward, Duke of Kent and is inscribed on the back Edward, Duke of Kent, to William St. Clair. 25th Regiment. 1788.

Physical description

Enamelled gold ring, the oval bezel set with a Tassie paste cameo of a man. Inscribed on the back of the bezel Edward, Duke of Kent, to William St. Clair. 25th Regiment. 1788

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1788 (made)

Artist/maker

Tassie, James, born 1735 - died 1799 (modellers)

Materials and Techniques

Gold set with a paste (glass) cameo

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed Edward, Duke of Kent, to William St. Clair. 25th Regiment. 1788
on the back of the bezel

Dimensions

Height: 2.5 cm, Width: 2.2 cm, Depth: 3 cm

Descriptive line

Enamelled gold ring, the oval bezel set with a Tassie paste cameo of a Edward, Duke of Kent. Inscribed on the back of the bezel Edward, Duke of Kent, to William St. Clair. 25th Regiment. 1788, England, dated 1788

Materials

Gold; Paste

Subjects depicted

Cameos; Men

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Scotland; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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